Status: 02.12.2023, 13:00 PM
The touristic and historical urban character of the bathing area is to be preserved. © the Ludwigspromenade and the "problem child" Wandelhalle. Photo: cs
In its most recent meeting, the Tölz City Council approved the renovation statute and the master plan for the bathing area.
Bad Tölz – Does a redevelopment statute for the bathing area now have positive or negative effects for the landowners and homeowners there? The question was on the minds of some residents of the bathing area, who attentively followed the discussion about future cornerstones for the renovation statute in the city council on Tuesday. There is already one for the old town.
What are the effects of a restructuring statute on landowners?
On the basis of the Preparatory Study (VU) for the bathing area, the statutes describe the urban planning deficiencies of the future 15.5-hectare further redevelopment area. Numerous buildings in need of renovation should be mentioned, such as the Wandelhalle and the Jodquellenhof. But the experts also noticed Amortplatz and Königsdorfer Straße, where the high frequency of motor vehicles has a negative effect on living conditions.
The VU bathing section also describes how the abandonment of tourist uses left behind extensive brownfield sites (such as Alpamare). The conversion of vacant properties and building densification has led above all to expensive apartments for well-heeled senior citizens. "This is not what they had in mind," Mayor Ingo Mehner told councillors. And that will change under him.
Statutes to be drawn up by the building authority
The new statute is intended to prevent the transformation of the historically grown district with its parks and monuments such as the Kurhaus and Wandelhalle into an "interchangeable residential district". The aim is to secure and further develop tourist uses in central areas as well as to improve the traffic situation. Restructuring measures are subsidized by the state for tax purposes. There are also grants. In this respect, according to CSU spokesman René Mühlberger, the statutes represent an offer to private owners. The statutes are to be drawn up by the building authority in a simplified procedure.
In the run-up to the meeting, this had led to a letter to the editor from Harald Zorn in the Tölzer Kurier, who expects an increase in the value of the land due to public investment. He recommended the "comprehensive procedure". Doris Bigos (Greens) referred to this letter and followed up. Otherwise, she would have too little expertise to make a judgment. The building authority and Mayor Ingo Mehner favoured the simplified procedure because they did not expect any increases in the land value in the already expensive bathing area. Such an objection could perhaps be raised in the case of brownfield sites in the Ruhr area, according to Mehner. Incidentally, he rather had the impression that the owners in the bathing area were concerned that the statutes would destroy increases in value.
All rental and lease agreements must be presented
The disadvantage of a "comprehensive procedure" is that, for example, "all rental and lease agreements" must be submitted. Mehner: "We want to help the citizens and not throw a beating between their legs." In the opinion of the administration, however, a restructuring statute is only one building block. The statutes are only temporarily helpful as a catalogue of norms – even in court. Remediation measures must therefore be completed in 15 years at the latest. However, development plans are the appropriate instrument for the long-term safeguarding of tourist uses, for example, under planning law. In a framework plan with a corresponding level of detail, the cornerstones for future development plans are now to be defined. They complement the land use plan and are also intended to give landowners planning security. In the future, the city will also have to "shimmy along" the cornerstones of the framework plan, said Michael Lindmair (FWG), welcoming the approach.
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Are the existing development plans still valid at all, Johanna Pfund (Greens) wanted to know. Of course, replied Christian Fürstberger, head of the building authority, referring to the long-disputed "Innere Buchener Straße" development plan, which stipulates tourist use there. Whether it will hold, however, is currently still being clarified in administrative court proceedings.
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In order to ensure the tourist function of the bathing area, another set of rules must be adapted in the form of the Tourism Statute. The main issue is the approval for the division of residential property. The existing, old statutes had been declared unlawful by the Munich Administrative Court in the summer. This is one of the reasons why a lawsuit against the controversial condominium buildings on Schützenstraße was rejected. The city council voted unanimously in favour of a redevelopment statute in a simplified procedure and the urban development framework plan for the bathing area. (By Christoph Schnitzer)
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